PLAINVILLE - A Bristol man facing nearly a dozen pending cases, including one in which he allegedly sped away from a police officer while a fuel line was pumping gas into his vehicle, could avoid further jail time if he agrees to seek treatment.
Dylan Martin, 25, of 113 East Road, Bristol, appeared Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where his attorney, Elisa Villa, said he is waiting for a spot to open up in a long-term treatment program through a JRI (jail re-interview) referral. Villa said the program is expected to last between four to six months.
JRI referrals act as a pretrial release plan to get a defendant treatment. State prosecutors are not expected to object to the referral, Villa said.
According to online court records, Martin, who is being held on $40,000 bond, has 11 cases pending, which include charges ranging from sixth-degree larceny to identity theft and criminal impersonation. In one case, he is facing charges of reckless driving, disobeying the order of an officer, interfering with police, operating under suspension, first-degree reckless endangerment and filling a gas tank with an engine running.
According to the warrant for Martin’s arrest, a police officer on Jan. 5 was looking for Martin at about 10:50 a.m., as he was wanted on two warrants, charging him with violation of a protective order and interfering with an officer, and five more warrants for failing to appear in court on a number of cases.
The officer was in the area of a home on Whiting Street, as Martin had allegedly violated a protective order there in the past, the warrant said. The policeman noticed Martin parked at a nearby gas station shortly thereafter.
The officer approached the vehicle, which was running and had gas pumping into it, on foot and told Martin, who was in the driver seat, to get out of the car. Martin, police allege, shook his head, signaling no, so the policeman tried to open the door, but it was locked.
According to police, Martin then sped away, causing the gas nozzle to rip away from the vehicle. He then drove out into the street, cutting another motorist off, before he sped away, the warrant said.
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